The Australia Department of Defence has awarded a contract to Harris to provide customer field support for its Falcon family of tactical communication systems, as part of a tactical radio modernisation programme.

Under the newly awarded A$14.7m ($15.2m) contract, the company will provide a broad range of support services including training, installation, maintenance, system integration and engineering to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Harris RF Communications International Business president Brendan O’Connell said the company’s programme management, engineering and customer service teams will ensure the smooth deployment and integration of the tactical radio systems.

The ADF has purchased mounted and dismounted Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) multiband, multi-mode radios in vehicular and handheld configurations and Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) manpack radios under a $235m contract from Harris in January 2012.

The radios will be deployed to provide line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight voice and data communications and high-frequency beyond-line-of-sight terrestrial communications.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-152 is a single-channel multiband, multi-mission handheld radio designed to provide soldiers with secure, real-time information and communication at all points of need during coordination, combat, and crisis.

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Certified as the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) software communications architecture, the radio operates in 30-512 MHz frequency range and features robust satellite tactical communications capability with advanced SATCOMS waveforms.

The Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) provides reliable, long-range, high-frequency (HF), secure voice and data communication to soldiers in the 1.6-60 MHz frequency range.

Featuring Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) and high-performance Third Generation ALE (3G), the radio provides superior linking and error-free data performance and also ensures consistent, secure communications even during jamming.

The ADF’s Joint Project 2072 tactical radio modernisation programme aims to provide service personnel with secure Type-1 tactical voice and data communications.

Falcon tactical radios are already in service with all branches of the US Department of Defense (DoD), Nato and other allied forces worldwide.